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Best of the Independent eBook Awards

The winners of the 2018 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards winners have been announced. Children of the Shaman didn’t win in the Urban Fantasy category (a well-deserved win for B.R. Kingsolver with Chameleon’s Death Dance), but it was great to have made the final shortlist, and my friend Cora Buhlert, who hosts the Speculative Fiction Showcase, was a runner-up in the Best Short Story category for her story Baptism of Fire.

Congratulations to Cora and the winners, and fingers crossed for those waiting for the Hugos!

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Children of the Shaman shortlisted!

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I am honoured to have been chosen as a finalist for the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards, along with my co-host at the Speculative Fiction Showcase, Cora Buhlert.

I am a finalist in the Best Fantasy (Contemporary/Urban Fantasy) category for my novel Children of the Shaman, and Cora is a finalist in the Short Story category for her story Baptism of Fire from The Guardian: Eleven science fiction short stories. The anthology is also a finalist in the Best Anthology Category.

If you want to vote for any of the finalists, you will find the link on the Bards and Sages web-site here.

Congratulations and good luck to all the other finalists!

Random doll photograph

Most of my BJD (ball jointed dolls) are based on my characters, though one or two have wandered in from somewhere else.

I tend not to mix doll hobby stuff with writing and fantasy stuff because although there is an overlap, not everyone is keen on dolls.

So here are a couple of dolls/characters. This is only how I see them.

 

Katya Yuda 2018

Kristell Ink launches three Speculative Fiction anthologies!

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My publisher, Kristell Ink, is launching not one but three Speculative Fiction anthologies on Friday, 8th June 2018 in Oxford.

The launch is taking place at Waterstones in Oxford, starting at 18.30 BST. You can find out more about the venue and book tickets through Eventbrite.

The three anthologies of short fiction are: Infinite Dysmorphia, edited by Pete Sutton & Kate Coe; Terra Nullius, edited by Ellen Crosháin & Kate Coe; and Holding On By Our Fingertips, edited by Amanda Rutter & Kate Coe.

The anthologies have gathered a galaxy of stories by Speculative Fiction authors new and old, and I’m extremely delighted to have a short story, Terra Incognita, in the anthology Terra Nullius.

The three books each feature wonderful cover art by the talented Nele Diel.

Read more about the project at Kristell Ink’s web-site here, and be sure to come to the launch and meet the folk from Grimbold Books and Kristell Ink, together with a host of other authors.

Book Review: Children of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill

Delighted to have received the following review of Children of the Shaman from the Irregular Reader…

The Irregular Reader

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Thirteen year old Annat is a shaman by birth. Within her own people, the Wanderers, shamans can heal, protect, and enter bodily into other realms. Outside her people, however, shamans are looked upon with suspicion and mistrust. Annat is largely untrained in her powers, but when her aunt falls sick, she and her brother are sent to live with the father they barely know.

Annat is finally able to train as a shaman under the tutelage of her father, Yuda, but the family soon turns down a dangerous path. Yuda has been assigned to investigate strange occurrences and brutal murders in a small northern town. Strange, old magic seems to be at play in the area, and soon after arriving, Annat’s brother Malchik disappears. Annat and Yuda’s search for Malchik will take them on a strange journey through a mystical land of winter…

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British Fantasy Awards – Grimbold authors and artists on the shortlist!

Grimbold authors have won seven nominations for the British Fantasy Awards, and Grimbold Books has been shortlisted for Best Independent Press. Sending congratulations and wishing all the best to everyone!

Evelinn Enoksen for Best Artist
Fight Like a Girl (ed. Joanne Hall & Roz Clarke) for Best Anthology
Sammy HK Smith for Best Short Fiction for The Watcher
Nadine West for Best Short Fiction for The Women’s Song
Steven Poore for Best Fantasy Novel for The High King’s Vengeance
Joanne Hall for Best Fantasy Novel for The Summer Goddess

And Grimbold author Peter Sutton has been short-listed for Best Collection for his independent publication, A Tiding of Magpies.

Evelinn Enoksen drew the wonderful interior illustrations for the new edition of Children of the Shaman; Daniele Serra, who did the amazing cover art for the series, has also been nominated for Best Artist.

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Annat by Evelinn Enoksen

See the British Fantasy Awards 2017 shortlists here for full details of the shortlisted authors and titles.

To read more about Grimbold Books’ authors and artists, you can visit their web-site here – Kristell Ink, the Sci Fi and Fantasy Imprint of Grimbold Books

Books on the Hill new online shop launches

Books on the Hill are launching their new Fantasy and Sci-Fi online shop on 15th July 2017 at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby. I am honoured to have been invited to take part in their campaign to celebrate the launch!

Coming soon: http://www.fantasyscifibooks.co.uk

Books are my bag!

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With many thanks to Alistair Sims and the Books on the Hill Team

Books on the Hill, an independent book shop, can be found at 75 Hill Road, Clevedon, BS21 7PL and their web-site is at http://www.booksonthehill.co.uk

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Autonomy by Jude Houghton on offer

For a limited time Kristell Ink Publishing are offering Autonomy by Jude Houghton for only 99c from Amazon.

Kirkus Review: “An immersive novel that chillingly predicts a world in which life is something to be escaped rather than experienced.”

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jude-houghton/autonomy/

From the blurb:

Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for starvation pay. Pasco Eborgersen is the pampered son of an Elite, trying to navigate the temptations of the Pleasure Houses, the self-sacrifice of the Faith, and the high-octane excitement of Steel Ball. They never should have met, and now they will rip the world apart.

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